In a call to stop the bloodshed of fellow Iraqi's, leaders of the two most influential Shiite groups in Iraq - Moqtada al-Sadr leader of the Mahdi Army and Abdel Aziz al-Hakim leader of the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC) - have agreed to a truce....
A statement from al-Hakim's office said Saturday's accord mentioned three points aimed at "enhancing relations between the two groups and maintaining the Islamic and national interest."This could be potentially good news, but I will believe it when I see it!
The first point outlined "the necessity to maintain and respect the Iraqi blood under whatever circumstances or by any party. Bloodletting is contrary to all legislations and morals."
The remaining two points talked of uniting media and cultural efforts and setting up a joint committee with provincial branches to keep order between their respective supporters.
Liwa Sumaysim, head of the political committee of the Sadr group, said: "The agreement is essentially a commitment of honour. The most important aspect is that it forbids both sides to engage in bloodletting against each other and against Iraqis in general."
Hamid al-Saadi, head of the SIIC media office, said the deal was agreed in a "friendly spirit" and came at an "important time for the country".
"Iraq needs deals between factions in Iraq to enhance and preserve Iraqi unity," al-Saadi said in a statement. More....